Body of wreck victim lay in creek for a day, despite police searches

The body of a Huntersville wreck victim lay in a creek for a day despite two police searches this week.

The driver who crashed in the early morning dark off Huntersville-Concord Road appears to have left his car and fallen over a guardrail into Ramah Creek, Huntersville police said Friday.

Two initial searches by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on Wednesday failed to find the driver, Emile Dave Rowe of Huntersville, including one search with a police dog.

Huntersville police found Rowe’s body in the creek on Thursday, after his family went to the department to ask for help in finding him.

Rowe’s body was found down a grassy embankment less than a half-mile from the wreck, Huntersville police Lt. Andrew Dempski told the Observer.

Rowe crashed early Wednesday into several trees after his 1999 Mercedes Benz left Huntersville-Concord Road in the 16400 block, police said. That’s near Metrolina Greenhouses.

CMPD officers found no one in the car or the immediate area when they responded to the wreck. CMPD officers returned in daylight with a dog to search a larger area and still found no one, Huntersville police said.

Huntersville police said their criminal investigations division is working with the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Huntersville police Lt. Andrew Dempski at 704-464-5400 or North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-896-7867.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak